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Date
Monday, January 23, 2017
Time
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Have you ever wanted to write a movie script? This is your chance! Learn all about screenwriting and how to enter the Pens to Lens screenwriting contest in February for students. We'll view some winning projects from last year and begin our own projects.

For children in grades 3 - 6. Register online or call the Children's Services question desk at 367-4069. Questions? Contact Elaine at ebearden@urbanafree.org.

Pens to Lens is a joint project of the CU Film Society, Champaign Movie Makers and CUDO. For more information visit penstolens.com.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, January 23, 2017
Time
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Description
Come to this evening story time with stories, songs, and a craft!

For children ages 3-6 and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

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Date
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
You can visit with Library staff at Read in the Market, an event at Urbana's Lincoln Square in downtown Urbana. Enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves.

Read in the Market is sponsored by The Urbana Free Library in collaboration with the Urbana Business Association.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
Has the cold weather kept you stuck inside? Come to the Library to make an art spinner, a moving and changing work of art that is also a fun toy.

For children in elementary school and their families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, February 03, 2017
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Warm up your heart with an evening of music and creativity at this very special Valentine's Day First Friday event.

Joining us will be local duo John McMahon and Alyssa Gambill who will share their unique blend of acoustic rock and folk, with a few Beatles tunes thrown into the mix. Stop by to enjoy the music and to make something creative for your sweetie (or yourself!) for Valentine’s Day.

First Friday’s are the brainchild of Imbibe Urbana. Come for the special events or come to use your Library: We are here for you either way!




Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Time
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Description
Join Noah I. Brown and friends as they share great gospel music from the African American experience. Enjoy spirituals to contemporary gospel, and some with original songs.

For children and their families.

Prairie Breezes concerts are on the first Saturday of most months and are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.



Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

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Date
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Girls are invited to join MakerGirl @ the Library to explore 3D gadgets and inventions. Each girl will design and 3D print their own creation to take home!

For girls ages 7-10.

MakerGirl is a social venture project of the UIUC School of Business.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Time
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Description
Laura was born on this day in 1867 - that's 150 years ago! Come celebrate the life of author Laura Ingalls Wilder with us. We'll play some games that Laura and Mary played and make a simple craft to take home.

For children in elementary school.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Time
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Description

Join us for music, movement, and fun with Ms. Teresa.

For children birth to 5 years old and their families.

Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Time
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Description
Join us for music, movement, and fun with Ms. Teresa.

For children birth to 5 years old and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Time
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Description
Join us for music, movement, and fun with Ms. Teresa.

For children birth to 5 years old and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Description
Join us for this monthly drop-in program for all ages. Choose a game to play from the Library's collection of board games. We have old classics like Go and Backgammon, as well as new favorites like deck-building Dominion and treasure-hunting Tobago.

Never heard of 'em? No problem. We'll have staff and volunteers standing by to lead demonstrations of how to play. Grab a beverage at the cafe and spend an enjoyable afternoon playing games with friends.

Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Come with your children to listen the book’s storytelling in English and Spanish, enjoy traditional songs, and make a craft!

Vengan con sus niños a escuchar la narración del libro en inglés y español, disfrutar canciones tradicionales, y hacer una manualidad!

This program is presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois.

Presentado por el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CLACS), Universidad de Illinois.

For children of all ages and their families.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Description
One Love. One Heart. Let's get together and we'll feel alright.


Show some love to family and friends with a homemade Valentine's card. We'll have creative ideas and lots of crafty materials to get you started, and a chocolate treat to keep you smiling.

For all ages.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Join us for a free recital series at the Library that will feature solo performances by some of the professional and student musicians of the Urbana Pops Orchestra .

Sunday, February 12
Tamra Gingold, violin with students from Urbana High School

Sunday, March 12
Christopher Raymond, bassoon

Sunday, April 9
Robin Kearton, viola with students from Community Center for the Arts


Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Urbana Pops Orchestra


Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Description
All aboard! Railroad enthusiasts are welcome to one of the best N-gauge railroad displays in the area. Watch the trains, learn about railroad history, or browse through the library's special display of books. The Midwest Central Railroad Club Train Show is your destination for model railroading fun!

For train lovers of all ages.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Midwest Central Railroad Club
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
Join us for stories, crafts, food, and a live drumming demonstration from the Gullah culture.

The Gullah people live in South Carolina and Georgia but they have cultural roots in West Africa. Come learn and have fun at this Black History Month program.

Cosponsored by the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, The Rotary Club of Urbana and The YMCA of the University of Illinois
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
All aboard! Railroad enthusiasts are welcome to one of the best N-gauge railroad displays in the area. Watch the trains, learn about railroad history, or browse through the library's special display of books. The Midwest Central Railroad Club Train Show is your destination for model railroading fun!

For train lovers of all ages.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Midwest Central Railroad Club
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Come listen to hot music from the early 20th century when jazz was young. Enjoy the music of King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, and other popular composers from the period.

Featuring Jeff Helgesen on cornet, Mike Miller on banjo, Morgan Powell on trombone, and Randy Salman on clarinet.

For music lovers of all ages.

UFLive! concerts are generously sponsored by The Urbana Free Library Foundation and are scheduled on the third Sunday of most months.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

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Questions? Call Children's Services at 217-367-4069 or stop by the question desk.


Welcome to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - a year-round reading program for children ages birth to five years. It's the fun, exciting, and free way to start children on the path to success.

One of the most reliable predictors of school success is being read to during early childhood. The Library would like to help support you as you prepare your child for kindergarten. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.



Book prizes are funded by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library